Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Paying $30 for the final episode of a season?
by Bobby Chang
With that fact, I wondered what would happen if network television shows such as the NCIS franchise had a similar angle. At the end of the 22 to 25 episode season, the season finale is aired not on network television but on pay-per-view at a cost of $30 for the final episode. What might viewers think if those season finales, which may be double episodes, are pay-per-view shows after the other 21 to 24 episodes aired on network television?
That is how professional wrestling "seasons" are organised. While Royal Rumble is a "season finale" for one season, it starts a story arc that will run to two seasons (No Escape* and WrestleMania). Viewers pay for the pay-per-view that ends the first "season" and again for the end of the second "season" in this story arc. Just imagine if Dallas had "Who Shot J.R.?" as a pay-per-view and then the opening of the next season on network television began the investigation, and the next pay-per-view episode determined who was the shooter. That is exactly how professional wrestling works.